Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
For the filling: Roast
the sweet potatoes
on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet for approximately one hour, or until tender. Cut the sweet potatoes in half and cool until able to touch. Peel
the sweet potatoes with a fork or potato masher. (This should yield approximately 4 cups.)
In a large bowl, combine the mashed sweet potatoes, sugar, milk
, butter, eggs
, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Beat with an electric mixer
until smooth. Spoon the sweet potatoes into a lightly greased 1-1/2 to 2-quart casserole dish
For the streusel
topping: In a medium bowl combine the brown sugar
and flour. Using a pastry blender
or your fingertips, cut the butter
into the brown sugar mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the walnuts. Sprinkle the streusel over the sweet potato mixture. Bake the casserole until the streusel is golden brown and bubbling, 35 to 40 minutes.
Cook's Note: The sweet potato casserole can be assembled the day before and kept in the refrigerator until ready to cook.